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Riddles

1.To what question can you never answer "yes"?

2.You are walking through a field, and you find something to eat. It doesn't have bones, and it doesn't have meat. You pick it up and put it into your pocket. You take it home and put it on a shelf, but 3 day's later it walks away. What is it?

It's an egg! It walks away after hatching.

3.There are 20 people in an empty, square room. Each person has full sight of the entire room and everyone in it without turning his head or body, or moving in any way (other than the eyes). Where can you place an apple so that all but one person can see it?

4.Find an English word which is singular, add an "s" and it becomes plural, and add another "s" it becomes singular again?

5.A man weighing 180 lbs. carrying 3 bowling balls weighing 10 lbs. each, approaches a large ravine. The only way to cross is a bridge with a weight limit of 200 lbs. The ravine is to far to throw or roll the balls across. How can the man cross the ravine in only one trip, with all 3 bowling balls?

6.You do not want to have it,
But when you do have it,
You do not want to lose it?
What is it?

7.A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms. The first is full of raging fires, the second is full of assassins with loaded guns, and the third is full of lions that haven't eaten in 3 years. Which room is safest for him?

8.A pregnant lady named her children: Dominique, Regis, Michelle, Fawn, Sophie and Lara. What will she name her next child? Jessica, Katie, Abby or Tilly?

9.Gertrude Mills was horrified to find a fly in her tea. The waiter took her cup and went into the kitchen and returned with a fresh cup of tea. She shouted, "You brought me the same tea!" How did she know?

10.I am the owner of a pet store. If I put in one canary per cage, I have one bird too many. If I put in two canaries per cage, I have one cage too many. How many cages and canaries do I have?

11.Draw four rectangles on a piece of paper. Put nine x's in the four rectangles so that there is an uneven number of x's in each rectangle.

12.What letter is next in this sequence?    O T T F F S S E _

13.You and a friend decide to have an egg spinning contest. What can you do to make sure that your egg spins the longest?

14.If Dick's father is Tom's son, what relation is Dick to Tom?

15.You have nine coins. One of the nine is counterfeit. The counterfeit coin can only be distinguished by weight --- it is heavier than the rest. Using a balance scale "only twice", find the counterfeit coin.

16.Sarah went to get her drivers license. When asked her age, she replied: "My age today is three times what it will be three years from now minus three times what my age was three years ago." How old is Sarah?

17.What animal has no wings, but yet will fly?

18.I have keys that open no locks,
I have space, but there is no room,
You can enter, but you can't go in.
What am I?

19.A bus driver was heading down a street in Colorado. He went right past a stop sign without stopping, he turned left where there was a "no left turn" sign, and he went the wrong way on a one-way street. Then he went on the left side of the road past a cop car. Still - he didn't break any traffic laws. Why not?

20.A new medical building containing 100 offices had just been completed. Dave was hired to paint the numbers 1 to 100 on the doors. How many times will Dave have to paint the number nine?

21.If you have two hourglasses -- one four-minute timer and one seven-minute timer, how can you measure nine minutes?

22.Two vertical 750 ft posts have a 1000 ft rope stretched between their topmost points. The rope sags to within 250 ft from the ground. How far apart are the posts?

23.There are 2 ducks in front of 2 other ducks.
There are 2 ducks behind 2 other ducks.
There are 2 ducks beside 2 other ducks.
How many ducks are there?

24.Did you know that if you live within 5 miles of a cemetary you can't be buried there? Why?

25.What 5 letter word typed in all capital letters can be read the same upside down?

26.I reside in a container or can,
You can see and feel me,
But I do not affect the capacity of the can in any way.
I am weightless, colorless, and odorless.
What am I?

27.What word doesn't belong in this group?
that, hat, what, mat, cat, sat, pat, chat

28.I turn around once.
What is out will not get in.
I turn around again.
What is in will not get out.
what am I?


29.Which bird does not belong in this group?
finch, gull, eagle, ostrich, sparrow

30.A man was shot to death while in his car. There were no powder marks on his clothing, which indicated that the gunman was outside the car. However, all the windows were up and the doors locked. After a close inspection was made, the only bullet-holes discovered were on the man's body. How was he murdered?

31.A sharpshooter hung up his hat and put on a blindfold. He then walked 100 yards, turned around, and shot a bullet through his hat. The blindfold was a perfectly good one, completely blocking the man's vision. How did me manage this feat?

32.Ten pears hanging high,
Ten men come passing by,
Each took a pear and left nine hanging there.
How could that be?

33.Harry Jones was driving home in his car, with his son Robert in the passenger seat. The car was involved in a head-on collision with the truck, killing Harry outright. Robert was seriously injured and taken to hospital by ambulance.In the hospital operating room, his would be surgeon took one look at Robert and said, "I'm sorry, but I can't operate on this patient - he's my son."

What is the explanation?

34. Two bankrobbers rob the local bank. They then hop in their car and scurry off to their hideout 20 miles away. When they get there they realize that one of their tires had been completely flat the whole time. How did they get to their hideout without noticing?

35. Sergi and Sally where sitting in their family room one night. While Sergi was watching T.V his wife Sally was reading. All of a sudden the power went out and Sergi decided to go to bed, but Sally kept on reading. With no use of artificial light, Sally kept on reading. How?

36. An aged and somewhat eccentric king wants to pass his throne on to one of his two sons. He decrees that a horse race shall he held the son who owns the "slower horse" shall become king. The sons, each fearing that the other will cheat by having his horse go less fast than it is capable of, ask a wise man's advice. With only two words the wise man insures that the race will be fair. What does the wise man say?

37. A mother gave birth to twin boys, but they were born in different years and on different days. And no, the boys are not part of 2 sets. How can this be possible?

 

Answer:

1.Offical Answer: Are you sleeping?
Others: Are you dead? What's the opposite of yes? Are you me?

2.It's an egg! It walks away after hatching.

3.Place the apple on one person's head.

4.There are actually 3 correct answers: Care(s)(s). Prince(s)(s). Bra(s)(s).

5.All he has to do is juggle the balls as he crosses... one will be in the air at all times, thus keeping him at 200 lbs.

6.A Lawsuit.

7.The third. Lions that haven't eaten in three years are dead.

8.Tilly. She seems to follow the scale Do, Re, Me, Fa, So, La... Ti.

9.She had already put sugar in it and when she tasted the new tea it was already sweet.

10.I have 3 cages and 4 canaries.

11.Draw one large rectangle. Then draw the three smaller rectangles within the large rectangle. Place three x's in each small rectangle. There will be nine x's in the large rectangle.

12.N for the number 9. The letters represent the first letter of each number...1,2,3...etc.

13.Boil your egg first.

14.Tom is Dick's grandfather.

15.Create three groups of three coins. Groups 1, 2 and 3.Balance Group 1 against Group 2.
If the two groups balance, the bad coin is in Group 3. If one group of coins weighs more than the other, the bad coin is in the heavier group.

Once you have determined which group contains the counterfeit coin, take any two coins from the bad group and weigh them against each other. If they weigh the same, the bad coin is the third coin. Otherwise the bad coin is the heavier coin of the two.

16.Sarah is 18. If she is 18 then three times her age three years from now would be 21x3 (63). Three times her age three years ago would be 15x3 (45). Subtract 45 from 63 and she is 18.

17.A caterpillar has no wings, but will fly when it matures and becomes a butterfly.
( I know, I know...a catepillar is a bug :)

18.A computer keyboard, or typewriter.

19.He was walking...not driving. ( woo-hoo! :)

20.Did you say 9 or 19 times? WRONG - Twenty times.
9, 19, 29 ,39, 49, 59 ,69, 79 ,89, 90, 91, 92 ,93 ,94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99

21.Turn over both hourglasses at once.
When the four-minute hourglass runs out, turn it over.
When the seven-minute hourglass runs out, turn it over.
When the four-minute timer runs out this time (eight minutes have elapsed), the seven-minute hourglass has been running for one minute.
Now turn over the seven minute timer back over. When the timer runs out, nine minutes have elapsed.

22. 0 ft. The rope sags 500ft from the top of the post to make it 250ft above the ground. Since the rope is 1000 it must be folded directly in half which would happen only if the two posts were right next to each other.

23. 4 (as shown below)
x x
x x

24.If you're living you can't be buried! (Unless of course you want to:)

25. SWIMS

26.A Dent. ( another possible answer would be Air... but not the right one :)

27.What. It's pronounced differently... all of the others rhyme.

28.A Key

29.The Ostrich. It's the only bird that doesn't fly.

30.The victim was in a convertible. He was shot when the top was down.

31.He hung is hat on the barrel of his gun.


32.EACH is the name of one of the men, and he's the only one that took a pear.

33.The surgeon was Mrs. Jones, Roberts mother.

34. The flat was the spare tire in the trunk.

35. Sally was blind... she was reading a book by Braille.

36.Switch Horses.

37. One was born on December 31 at 11:59 p.m. and the other January 1 at 12:00 a.m!

 

 

Lai Nyok Kem
Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
January 2002